Matthew Albert Rivard, 91, formerly of Francis Street in Claremont, NH, passed into eternal life on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, at Fairview Nursing Home, Hudson, NH, from Alzheimer’s. He was a native and lifelong resident of Claremont, New Hampshire, born on June 9th, 1929, the son of Alcide & Madora (Rivard) Rivard. He deeply loved his Catholic faith and was a communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Claremont. He was a graduate of St. Mary’s High School in the Class of 1948. Matthew retired in 1984 from Joy Manufacturing Company where he worked as a machinist for thirty-three and a half years. He enjoyed working around the house and taking care of his family.
He was predeceased by: his wife, M. Gloria Joyal Rivard of Claremont, whom he married on June 26, 1950; his youngest daughter, Patricia “Patti” Rivard Dorman of Caribou, ME; and his four brothers and one sister – Isidore, Aime, Gerard, Norbert, and Irene.
Surviving family includes two daughters, Antoinette “Toni” Drouart & her husband, Eric of Nashua, NH; Catherine “Cathi” Rivard and her husband Konstantin “Nick” Bakal of Simsbury, CT; and son-in-law Galen Dorman of Caribou, ME. Also surviving are five grandchildren: Albert Drouart, Alexandra Drouart Conrad, Matthew Dorman, Suzanne Dorman Stacey, and Victoria Dorman Wakana, and seven great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
There are no visiting hours. Private viewing for the immediate family from 9:30am to 10:30am at Stringer Funeral Home prior to funeral Mass. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, 32 Pearl Street, Claremont, New Hampshire, on Saturday morning, December 19th, at 11:00 am with Rev. Father Shawn, M. Therrien, Pastor officiating. (Facial Masks required). Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Plains Rd., Claremont.
The family wishes to express a heartfelt appreciation to all the staff and nurses of the Inn At Fairview Memory Care for their continued help & support during his six years there, as well as to his caretakers while he was at home in Claremont.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to MA/NH Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. Web site: www.act.alz.org/site/donation
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